Planning and implementing reforms in the member states: the EU’s assistance

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Since the inauguration of the EU-wide program concerning national recovery/resilient plans (NRRPs) a couple of years ago, the EU institutions have made several efforts to “optimize” the process in the member states’ governance.  

The Commission’s Technical Support Instrument, TSI provides technical support to the EU member states to help them design and implement socio-economic reforms in line with the European priorities.
The TSI is the so-called demand-driven assistance, i.e. it means that its support follows requests submitted by the member states but not in the form of financial support: instead the TSI consists of the provision of high-quality and tailored expertise and knowledge.

More on TSI in the Regulation, 2021/240: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32021R0240&qid=1710931625550

The TSI is part of the EU 2021-27 Multiannual Financial Framework aims to promote the EU-wide economic, social and territorial cohesion and support necessary reforms in the member states. Since 2017, through the Structural Reform Support Program, SRSP and the TSI, the Commission has provided technical support to all 27 states with more than 1,800 projects across a wide range of policy areas.
The SRSP is a EU program which allows the European Commission to coordinate and provide tailor-made assistance to EU countries, upon their request, to support them in the design and implementation of institutional, administrative and structural reforms, and in making efficient and effective use of relevant EU funds. The program has had a budget of €142.8 million during 2017-20; it entered into force on the 20 May 2017.

Source: https://commission.europa.eu/publications/structural-reform-support-programme_en

Thus, during 2024, about 13 TSI flagship projects will be supported, i.e. in such spheres as: – AI usages in public administration, – digital financial literacy, – supporting digital transformation of tax and customs administrations, – enhancing the quality of public finances, – supporting the Green Deal Industrial Plan, – supporting the Social Climate Fund and the revised EU Emissions Trading System, – overcoming barriers to regional development.
Besides, some other actions will be supported: – enhancing reception and accommodation capacity for migrants; – mental health: fostering well-being and mental health; and – “the flagship on skills” to foster skills development systems with a better adaptation to the labour market.

Additional information in: Press release on launch of 2024 Technical Support Instrument reforms and projects. The general reference at: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/qanda_24_1615

 

 

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